The M-Word: Protecting Your Stash from Moths

18 October 2023

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Our stash represents a significant investment in terms of money, time, and heart-space, not to mention storage space. How can we best protect that investment from damage?

Moths are a major threat to your stash. Some fibre folk have a tradition that it is bad luck to spell the word out completely; online, you’ll see it written as “m-ths,” “m&ths,” or “m@ths,” following the same principle that giving out your true name will give others power over you. But the way I look at it, avoiding the word, and perhaps the reality behind it, gives moths waaaayyy too much power over us. It’s not a word we stashers ought to be hiding from. By the end of this article, I hope you feel that you can be the Boss of Moths—and not the other way around. 

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Featured image by Zoe Desborough; other images courtesy of Sandi Wiseheart

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About Sandi Wiseheart

Sandi is a knitter, spinner, and beader, with forays into crochet, weaving, sewing, quilting, and, uh, well... Now a freelance knitting/spinning/crochet/beading writer, teacher, and general craft enabler, she was the founding editor of, and the former managing editor of Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, and Knitscene magazines.

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